September 25, 2020

Nurburgring 24h: Lamborghini tops Thursday qualifying

The Italian set the fastest time of the day at 8m11.428s in the first of two qualifying sessions on Thursday. Four different manufacturers were represented in the top four positions, with the Lamborghini, the #15 Phoenix Audi, the #4 Haupt Racing Team Mercedes and the #18 KCMG Porsche making up the top four spots.The top BMW M6 GT3 managed only 10th fastest time, set by the #101 Walkenhorst …Keep reading …

International Bathurst 12 Hour ‘unlikely’ in 2021

The Supercars-run event has held the Intercontinental GT Challenge in recent years, with teams flocking to Mount Panorama from around the world.This year’s event managed to go ahead without any COVID-19 complications, the early February slot meaning it was before the pandemic took hold.However Supercars isn’t expecting to be so lucky in 2021, with Australia’s tough border …Keep reading …

The “black gold” behind an all-female Nurburgring 24 Hours team

With all the demands the circuit puts on a driver, trusting they have the tyres beneath them to get them round the track is essential. And, like all endurance racing, optimum tyre temperature, pressure and use is key to a strong result.Laura Kraihamer has already experienced success at the circuit. Last year she ran in Giti Tire’s all-female team, alongside Carrie Schreiner and Celia Martin …Keep reading …

Porsche pulls N24 drivers, Manthey squad over COVID fears

The German manufacturer took the decision in the wake of positive tests being returned during routine checks in the wake of last weekend’s Le Mans 24 Hours, where Manthey ran the two factory Porsche 911 RSR-19s in the GTE Pro class.Read Also:Porsche puzzled by lack of pace in troubled Le Mans run A statement released late on Monday evening by Manthey stated that …Keep reading …

Bentley commits to remaining IGTC races of 2020

The British manufacturer has announced a new customer programme that will reunite the winning Bentley Team M-Sport crew of Jules Gounon, Maxime Soulet and Jordan Pepper from the Bathurst 12 Hours IGTC opener in February over the final three events of what is now a four-round series. The trio of factory drivers will race together in a Bentley Continental GT3 run by the K-PAX team when …Keep reading …

Mostert splits with BMW GT programme

The Walkinshaw Andretti United driver has spent the past few seasons on BMW’s books, having caught the eye of BMW while driving a customer M6 GT3 at the Bathurst 12 Hour in 2017.Mostert went on to compete in a number of overseas endurance races in both the M6 GT3 and the M8 GTE, the highlight coming earlier this year when he teamed up with John Edwards, Augusto Faros and Jesse Krohn to win the …Keep reading …

Bathurst reunion for famous GRM Monaro

GRM built two Monaro back in the early 2000s to compete in the Nations Cup series, as well as tackle the short-lived 24-hour race at Bathurst.The Holdens proved unstoppable at Mount Panorama, winning both the 2002 race with Garth Tander, Steve Richards, Nathan Pretty and Cam McConville, and the 2003 race with Peter Brock, Greg Murphy, Jason Bright and Todd Kelly.GRM retained ownership of …Keep reading …

Hollywood star Eric Bana eyeing Bathurst return

The Hollywood superstar, and renowned motorsport enthusiast, is no stranger to the Bathurst circuit, having made a number of Bathurst 12 Hour starts.His best result came in 2009, during the event’s production car era, when Bana combined with Tim Leahey and Peter Hill to finish 10th in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo.Bana’s last start, and only since GT3 cars became eligible, was in a Lamborghini …Keep reading …

Sneaking a Supercar into the Bathurst 12 Hour

Supercars may own the Bathurst 12 Hour now, but five years ago it the series and the event were at war.It was a cold war, mostly, with Supercars carefully framing its actions as anything but an attack on the Bathurst 12 Hour and its rising popularity.However a decision to hold the official pre-season Supercars test on the same weekend as the 2015 Bathurst 12 Hour was construed by many as a …Keep reading …

What categories are racing at the 2020 Bathurst International?

The Australian Racing Group has confirmed the full list of categories that will make up the new event, including a first Mount Panorama appearance for both TCR Australia and the wild V8-powered S5000 category.As already confirmed the two-driver international TCR race won’t go ahead due to international border restrictions, with the event reverting to a TCR Australia sprint round.The …Keep reading …